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Our work this week reflects our ideas and career interests. We started our work by identifying that we all had some interest in a multicultural approach to the development of a class. We also had a division with similar interests in some emphasis on the use of selective ad appropriate technologies to meet educational objectives.

We have used concept mapping to identify where our ideas overlap and as a springboard for discussion about the direction and scope of the proposed project. It served also as a reminder that the project could become too large and that we must focus. Assessment became an issue which was considered as possibly out of the scope of the project, but then came back for consideration as a tool to identify prior knowledge and use this to provide appropriate learning opportunities and flexibility within the class design.

We have collaboratively massaged the proposed title and have agreed that we have a good working start, for fine tuning as we proceed.

We discussed means for collaboratively researching and developing the content in a wiki, blog or recently just in our group area. We will be identifying our personal areas of interest in the research, drafting, proofing, final writing, etc.

Original Version of our Concept Map (click the thumbnail map to see an enlarged view)

Groupproject starting map
--Wdeihl 21:18, 2 February 2007 (UTC)

Here is the Outline Version of our starting concept map.--Wdeihl 21:05, 2 February 2007 (UTC)

Group Project I. Large/Diverse Audience

A. Multi-cultural Considerations and Learning Styles
1. Social Networking
B. University Faculty Corporate Trainers and International Work Force or Students
1. Appropriate Technologies
a. Leverage
(1) Improve Understanding
(a) Learner Outcomes/Performance
(2) Educational Objectives
b. Educational Strategies

II. Design

A. Educational/Training Needs

III. Assessment

Guiding Question: How can careful design of online course materials and opportunities for learner interaction facillitate in the development of courses to meet the needs of a multicultural learning community?--Wdeihl 21:23, 2 February 2007 (UTC)

Group agreed upon title: Design and delivery of a multicultural online learning program--Wdeihl 21:05, 2 February 2007 (UTC)

--Aplachuta 17:47, 5 February 2007 (UTC)I. Large/Diverse Audience A. Considerations include Multicultural audience and Its Learning Styles 1. Are learning styles different in multicultural audiences as compared with more homogeneous groups? 2. What is the role of Social Networking? a. Social networking benefits within a large audience b. Social networking impact on diverse audiences B. University Faculty, Corporate Trainers of International Work Force or Students 1. What are the unique Educational Strategies for this scenario? 2. What are Appropriate Technologies to Leverage based on the strategies… (1) To Meet Educational Objectives a. Meet learning objectives within higher education b. Meet objectives and performance behaviors within corporate training (2) To Improve Understanding (a) As measured by Learner Outcomes/Performance (remove performance add (higher education) (b) As measured by performance outcomes (corporate) II. Design – putting it all together A. Educational/Training Needs 1. Developing and understanding time and budget commitments 2. Piloting and test phase B. Addressing/assessing delivery readiness

III. Assessment – how do we know we met our goal of creating online learning that meets the needs of a MCLC? A. Integrate feedback mechanism 1. Implicit (hidden) 2. Explicit (solicited)

B. Participant interviews 1. Individual (one on one) 2. Team (group of two to four)

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